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Koshkonong didn't ease into its 2011 basketball season opener. Rather, the Jays and Lady Jays jumped right into the fire with a trip to Viola to tip off the inuagural Marvin Newton Classic at the Longhorn Corral Nov. 25, squaring off against the bat

Friday, December 2, 2011

Koshkonong didn't ease into its 2011 basketball season opener.

Rather, the Jays and Lady Jays jumped right into the fire with a trip to Viola to tip off the inuagural Marvin Newton Classic at the Longhorn Corral Nov. 25, squaring off against the battle-tested home teams.

In its first year, the Marvin Newton Classic was a border battle of sorts, with teams from Arkansas facing off against teams from Missouri.

The Blue Jays kept within striking distance early, before Viola pulled away for a 70-55 victory.

And in the girls' contest, the lady Longhorns ran their record to a perfect 17-0 with a 67-24 win over the Lady Blue Jays.

In the boys' clash, The Horns (11-2) used a big first-period outburst from Austin Gardner to grab the lead.

Gardner racked up 10 of his game-high 24 points in the first eight minutes of play.

Viola led 13-4 before Colten Tullos (10 points) busted a 3-ball and then hit a layup to edge Koshkonong (0-1) within four, 13-9.

But the Longhorns closed the period strong, starting with a bucket from Devin Brown (11 points), followed by the first of Gardner's three dunks in the first half.

To cap the frame, Gardner drained back-to-back triples to give Viola a 25-11 lead after one.

Dylan Waggoner (five points) started a 6-2 run for the Jays late in the second, but Viola once again closed with purpose, taking a 37-21 lead to intermission.

Koshkonong didn't let up to start the third, opening the frame on a 6-2 spurt.

Quentin Houghtaling (nine points) got the Horns back on track, beginning a 7-0 spurt that ended with an old-fashioned 3-point play from Dolan Johnston (five points).

Tullos hit a late trey and Joe Kossakowski (five points) stuck back a missed shot at the buzzer, but Viola took a 50-32 advanatge into the final frame.

Koshkonong outscored Viola 23-20 in the fourth, but the Longhorns' cushion was enough that they ended the morning with a 70-55 victory over the Jays.

Chris Shaffer finished with five points for Viola, with Alvin Baltzell and Jeff Smith adding four points apiece.

Keith Martin had three, Brandyn Batterton two and Austin Robbins one for Viola.

Levi Jenkins ended the game with nine points for Koshkonong, while Wayne Adams had seven. Justin Davis and Dakota Caughron scored five points each, with Evan Ball adding two.

In the girls' game, Michaela Thompson poured in a game-high 26 points to help the host team to a 67-24 win.

The Lady Jays hung tough early, but Viola outscored the Koshkonong Lady Jays 18-5 in the second period, closing the half on an 11-0 burst.

Up 39-16 at the half, the Lady Longhorns continued to build their lead in the third, moving on top 60-24 after three periods of play.

Hannah Duvall had 11 points for Viola,

Leslie Shrable finished with 10 points for the home team.

Kiersten Moore added nine for the Lady Longhorns.

Andrea Duvall had six and Samantha Grigg three for Viola.

Bailey Perry paced the visiting Koshkonong Lady Blue Jays with 15 points in the contest.



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